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Readying the floor for carpet installation

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

 

Before you lay on the carpet to the floor, you must make sure the floor is flat. In many cases this does not happen. This is specially true of wooden subfloors. Twists and warps are present on the subfloor surface. Valleys and peaks can be present in concrete subfloors. These are mostly due to shabby installation or the aging of the building over time. With a little help, you can smooth out the irregularities and level the floor. This can be achieved with self-leveling compound so that the floor can be prepared for installing the carpet.

Procedure

  1. Take a level and check floor. Examine valleys and peaks. Use pencil to mark both low and high spots.
  2. Take care to completely clean installation surface prior to using self-leveling compound. First, sweep floor, and then vacuum up all the extra residue. Use a powerful vacuum cleaner.
  3. Use a liquid primer to prime floor. Take a paintbrush and apply to room edges. Use paint roller for applying across the surface. In case, there are only a few spots which are lower than the surface, apply primer only to those areas.
  4. Mix a portion of self-leveling compound inside a bucket. Use the paddle and the drill to do this. You should mix small portions as the compound gets cured extremely fast. Working with excess material means the excess will dry in the bucket. Use only cold water, as the drying process is speeded up by hot water.
  5. Pour compound directly to low spots. You should have already pencil marked those. Take flat metal trowel to spread mixture across entire section. Thanks to gravity, the liquid will soon settle into its natural level state. Go through the directions as stated out by the manufacturer and permit it to dry. You can install your carpet after that.

Equipment and tips

Make sure that you have the following equipment at hand: dust mask, pencil, broom, drill with paddle, paint roller, primer, straight edge, safety glasses, level, vacuum, bucket, paintbrush and self-leveling compound.

Do know that if you carpeting a larger area, use level top move material around. This is similar to using a biger flat trowel sandwiched between peaks and the valleys between them. It is inadvisable to mix in excess of a gallon of the mix at a time. This is permissible only if you cover a large expanse. You must also have the skill and speed to work swiftly.

 

How to Choose Quartz Surfaces for Your Home

Posted on Friday, April 07, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

The easy maintenance quality of quartz makes it a popular choice among discerning homeowners. The stone can be easily maintained. It is sold in a broad range of textures, colors, and patterns. Even though the primary use of the stone continue to be as bath and kitchen counters, it is also widely used for shower entries, fireplace surrounds, backsplashes and shower stalls.

The surface of quartz is manufactured from ground quartz. The binder used is a polyester resin. The stone is anti-microbial and non-porous. This makes it quite resistant to bacterial growth, odors, and stains. Quartz can be installed both as slabs or sliced into tiles. Do note that it is not suitable for outdoor projects as the sunlight will lead to fading of the color and the sheen. You can buy the quartz you want by following a few simple rules.

Select texture, colors and patterns

Modern day quartz designs are stunning to look at. Most of the new patterns appear like marble or granite. A few companies have introduced designs that make the quartz stone appear like geodes. Three kinds of textures are available in the premium quartz category- rugged, polished and matte. A number of new patterns which incorporate flecked, granite and veined look surfaces are also found. Bright colors are used so that the stone does not look out of place in contemporary design.

Thickness is important

When you select quartz, it is vital to consider thickness needed for the application. The slab's standard thickness is 1¼ inch. This is the usually recommended thickness for bathroom vanities and kitchen counters. Quartz is available in ½ inch, 1½ inch and ¾ inch thickness. A few companies provide a slab which is one centimeter thick. This is used to make layered edging profiles.

Select the edging

The edging assists to determine the style of vanity or counter and the pricing. The standard edges are waterfall edges and squared edges. These kinds of edges can be easily applied to 1¼ inch thick quartz. The list of more intricate edging options includes bullnose, ogee, beveled and bullnose. The profile of “laminated edging” add a quartz's extra layer so that a dramatic look is achieved.

It is wise to choose the plumbing fixtures and appliances prior to selecting the quartz surface. The fabricator must know the number of holes and their dimensions needed for installation. A cutout is needed if you want to install cook-top.

 

Maintaining Viatera

Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

 

Viatera stone is resistant to almost all stains, including wine, coffee, lemon juice, vegetables and fruits. To keep the stone shining as new, clean the spills quickly. Use a damp cloth with a mild detergent to clean the stone.

Spills

Even though Viatera is resistant to stains, a few stains could be harder to remove. In case of tough stains, mild and non-abrasive cleansers make an excellent solution when it comes to restoring the original appearance of the surface. Use non-abrasive scrub pads if the spill dries. Rinse well and then wipe with a damp cloth. Ensure that no residue remains.

If the stain removal is tougher than usual, use a razor blade. This is important for substances like paint, food, gum and grease. Use the blade to scrape the residue away. This scraping could result in gray metal marks on the surface. However, you need not worry since these mark can be cleaned off easily. Use a non-abrasive pad and recommended cleanser. Use damp cloth.

If the stain does not go away, apply soaked paper towels in the form of a pad. Use an approved cleanser to area. Permit it to remain so for few minutes. Proceed with the required cleaning techniques and buffing after that.

Honed finish

You need to clean a little bit more in the case of honed finishes. This is a must to maintain the appearance. Fingerprints and metal marks along with other daily wear signs are much more visible. Removal of such visible marks like these can be easily done through the usage of non-abrasive pads. You can also use any other recommended cleaning product. If Viatera is used in an ordinary manner, the dark colors will exhibit dirt, finger print rubs and watermarks. These will be much more prominent compared to the surfaces that are lighter colored. These colors will need more maintenance if you want to keep them looking new.

Damage

Viatera can be damaged. Do not let the stone come in contact with harsh solvents or chemicals. This is specially applicable for chemicals containing methylene chloride or tricholoroethane. These chemicals are normally present in oven cleaners, car batteries and furniture strippers. Use of such substances will result in permanent discoloration. Surface damage is also possible. In case such chemicals drop on the surface, wipe it immediately and rinse the surface with water. Use a vinegar based chemical cleaner to clean. In case the stain remains, contact your stone supplier.

 

Why Choose Silestone?

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Silestone equals superb beauty and incredible strength. For discerning customers, Silestone remains the best and only choice when it comes to purchasing stones. The stone can be utilized in any kind of indoor surfacing application. This includes shower and tub surrounds, kitchen countertops, backsplashes, table tops, bathroom vanities, wet bars and fireplace surrounds among others.

Silestone is available in 42 beautiful stunning colors. This means there is a stone to suit any taste or style. The consistency of color is more than any kind of natural stone. You can confidently select the color you want before making the final purchase.

Beauty in stone

The stone has unmatched elegance and a certain timeless beauty. The natural quartz present inside the stone delivers an excellent depth, glimmering radiance and sharp clarity. It is a cool and solid feel found only in natural stones. Another positive quality of Silestone is its versatility.

Silestone is also extremely resistant to scratches. Only three other kinds of natural minerals, topaz, diamond and sapphire are much harder than quartz. This quality makes Silestone practically resistant to scratches. Quartz measures 7 on Mohs Hardness Scale. It means a careless knife slip on the countertop will not scratch it. There will be no mark on the Silestone. This stone is also resistant to stains. The polished surface is not porous. This makes it resistant to coffee, lemon juice, makeup, wine, vinegar and olive oil stains, along with staining from other standard household products. Silestone, unlike granite, does not require a sealing to maintain a lustrous shine.

Heat resistant and maintenance free

Silestone is also heat resistant. Unlike the laminates and other solid surfaces, it is scorch and heat resistant. It can withstand exposure to heat. A lit match will not destroy the countertop. It is advisable, however, not to place any utensil directly from the stove to a Silestone-made countertop. Use trivets when you place hot plates on Silestone surface. The Silestone also has strength. It has granite's flexural strength. This makes it much less vulnerable to cracking and chipping during installation and transportation.

Silestone is maintenance free. Since it has no porosity, the polished surface of the Silestone does not need sealing. Limestone, marble and granite, however, must be sealed during installation time. They must also be resealed on a regular basis to prevent the appearance of stains. You can clean Silestone with soapy water or any mild household cleaner. However, be careful about using strong chemicals. Do not use solvents like drain cleaning fluids on the stone surface.


Purchasing Hanstones

Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Hanstone offers a number of advantages. And this goes beyond the surface. Natural quartz is double the hardness of granite. Other than functionality, it is also a durable and luxury surface. The product provides a number of advantages to buyers who purchase the product.

Advantages

The first and foremost advantage is that it is available in a number of different finishes. Most of them have a natural look. It does not need any sealing as it is non-porous. The lustrous surface does not need any polishing or conditioning. It is also resistant to stain, heat and bacteria.

Hanstones are also resistant to scratches and chips. It is also easy to clean and maintain. You need water and mild soap to clean the surface of any external pollutants. The Hanstone is also safe. You can put food directly on the surface and eat it from there. Not all stones can match such benefits.

Manufacturing

Hanstone manufacturing plants are one of the most advanced in the world. The result is the production of sophisticated looking natural quartz designs. These are available in a wide range of colors. The qualities make it much more coveted than comparable stones. The compound stone is produced through the utilization of a patented technology and plant system. It has a good concentration of the stone aggregates. This is manufactured in vacuum conditions. The complete mass is fairly homogenous. It is made of different stone materials bonded with a number of organic structural resins. The special manufacturing technology permits combining mechanical and physical characters tics. It also has superb aesthetic appeal. The quartz crystals are mixed with resin and silica inside a vat. The mix has the feel and look of moist sand. It is then dumped into form. The moulding occurs in a thick slab shape. This is in preparation of the vibro-compactor.

The compact slab is made by the conditions created by pressure and vibration. The compaction process starts as the unit takes in the loosely molded mixture. The unit is lowered into the slab. The vibrating starts and the mix is compacted. The resultant engineering slab has no bonding strength. To add to the strength, it should enter the heat press. The latter is activated and the resin binder is subsequently cured. The slab, after leaving this press, is stacked on the rack vertically. This is maintained until the cure cycle is finished. The stone then undergoes the finishing and sanding process.

 

Why use natural quartzite

Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Natural quartzite is now an “in” thing for home interiors. The beautiful veins in the stone makes it a perfect counter-top surface. Its natural colors are predominantly gray or white. Black and brown are less common. Rare colors include pink, green, yellow and blue hints in stone. These colors are due to other minerals embedded in quartzite. It follows that purer quartzite are the duller ones.

Beautiful stone

Natural quartzite is extremely beautiful to look at. It provides your bathroom or kitchen a beauty which is not only pleasing to the eye but durable as well. It is employed as counter-tops and as backsplashes. Quartzite are sold as slabs.

Quartzite is favored by many due to it being a hard stone. It is resistant to scratching and also etching. However, it is not advisable to put hot objects on any natural quartzite. In case you need to do so, put a pad or trivet between the hot pot and the counter-top surface. A little maintenance is needed if you wish to keep the surface looking smart. Keep the stones sealed as they are porous in nature. Reseal it every year. Use pH neutral soaps or stone cleaners to clean the natural quartzite. Do not use abrasives. Follow these instructions and your surface will look new.

Comparison with quartz and granite

A number of differences exist between natural quartzite and quartz. Silicon dioxide or silica is a primary component of quartz. It is available in multiple colors like violet, white, gray, brown and rose. The stone is crystalline and is extremely hard. Natural quartzite, in contrast, is metamorphic rock. It begins as a quartz based sandstone. The quartzite is primarily gray or white. Its hardness makes it difficult to work. It is also not as much widely available as quartz. Both quartz and quartzite have their own strengths. Choose one in tandem with your lifestyle.

Counter-tops made from quartz composite have 93 percent quartz. It is an excellent choice for any solid surface countertop. Many interior decorators prefer natural quartzite over granite. Both of them have excellent durability. Quartzite provides the added benefit of the look like marble and acting like granite. It thus offers the cream of both worlds. The only possible downside is that quartzite are pricier than granite or other comparable use stone surfaces. The durability and unique beauty makes it a favorite for discerning buyers. Touch the stone before you purchase it to make a rounded assessment.

 

Flooring Styles that Increase the Resale Value of Your Home

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

 

The installation of durable and aesthetically appealing flooring can be a good investment to increase your home value in the market. Modern home buyers are smarter and tend to investigate every minute detail of house they are looking to purchase. If you’re trying to sell your property for the best value and in the shortest time, then you need to make a few remodeling efforts, such as replacing the old flooring. Here is a list of flooring options that will help enhance the resale value of your home:

Laminate

Looking for a quick and easy fix to renovate your existing flooring? Try laminate. Laminate is among the most long-lasting and solid flooring options, and are resistant to stains and damages. One of the biggest advantages of choosing laminate for remodeling your home is that it can be directly installed on top of your existing hard-surface floor like linoleum, concrete, hardwood, and so on. It is also pocket-friendly, and easy to clean, repair and maintain.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors have a unanimous verdict, home buyers love them. Studies in the United States of America suggest that the majority of the home buyers (around 54 percent) are willing to pay more money if they get hardwood flooring in a home.

But why is hardwood flooring so popular? The first reason is that much like gold, hardwood is evergreen and never goes out of style. Despite being minimally resistant to scratching, this flooring is highly durable and easy on the feet. Hardwood floors are warm and inviting and add richness to the interior décor of a home. They are also very easy to clean and attract less dirt as compared to other flooring options.

Porcelain tiles

The first thing you will notice about porcelain tiles is that they are very attractive. Tiles allow you to create all kinds of looks, whether it’s sleek sophistication or cozy comfort. Porcelain tiles will instantly catch the attention of a prospective buyer and stand out for its simplicity and quality. Good quality porcelain tiles aren’t just beautiful to look at, they are also quite durable and have a high resistance to water absorption, chemicals, scratching and stains. Another big advantage of porcelain tiles is that they are very easy to clean and maintain.

Besides the above-mentioned flooring styles, natural stone flooring like travertine is also a brilliant option to enhance the resale value of your home.

 

Re-stretching carpets

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Lumpy and loose carpeting can be rectified in a day. You simply need to re-stretch your carpet. There is no need to call a professional: you can do it yourself. You simply need to rent a few special tools. Yes, you can do an excellent job in the first time round too. Do note that this work can be physically exerting.

  1. Pull back carpet and pad

    Lift a corner of your carpet. Use pliers. Gently tease of tack strip. Do it carefully as rough handling may unravel fibers. When the tack strip edge is free from the carpet, grab the latter and pull it away. Do be careful not to break the seam. Prior to pulling back the carpet's pad, first pull all staples with pliers and a screwdriver. The pad should not be pulled through staples. If you do so, it will be ripped.

  2. Remove the old tack strips and then substitute them with new pieces

    The tack strips contain pre-started setting nails which secure them to floor. The needle sharp nails grip carpet after it gets stretched. You should wear gloves while you handle them. In case your floor is made of concrete, be careful to lay the footprint of the project on the floor. Chisel through tack strips a little outside layout marks.

    Ensure that carpet gripping nails are pointed towards wall during the time of installation. If you do not, the carpet cannot be held without stretching. Placed them half the carpet's thickness away from wall. The method of installation is simply the activity of driving pre-started setting nails to the floor. Use hammer and there should not be any gaps in corners or between the lengths.

  3. Reset carpet and stretch

    It is time to reinstall your carpet. Trim pad so that it is positioned adjacent to tack strips. Staple it on an interval of three inches. Do sit along tack strip or seams. Roll the carpet against newly built in. Make diagonal cuts away from corner. Cut off all except three inches of excess with utility knife. Work the underside for easier cutting. 

Sequence of carpet stretching

Power stretch length at first. Do the numbered stretch after that. Start at one end. Stretch carpet and push it into tack strip using your hand. Stretch in the increments of 18 inches.

Carpet cutter and finish

Hold carpet cutter to baseboard or built-in tightly. Cut through the carpet's front side. Be careful and work slowly. Accuracy is important.

 

Travertine Style Flooring

Posted on Thursday, February 02, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Travertine is identified as a natural luxurious stone often utilized in flooring, facades, countertops and other decorative pieces. This is a sedimentary stone formed primarily of mineral deposits. If you’re considering installing travertine tile flooring, you won’t regret it. Travertine tiles offer a gently aged look which perfectly complements modern home décor. In fact, travertine flooring is versatile enough to match any interior decorative style.

Appearance

Travertine is a natural stone famous for its unique, classic and rustic appearance. It is light in color and therefore usually found in shades of white, tan, light brown, gold and gray. But you may also get darker shades such as rusty red. It is the iron content that determines the travertine color. Unpolished travertine has a characteristic weathered look which is also among it highly desirable qualities.

We know that travertine is a type of natural stone and its color is dependent on local organic and mineral materials. This means that travertine tiles are not usually available in one solid color (some varieties of travertine may be more color consistent than the others). Each tile’s color will vary with bands/veins of contrasting color and mottling throughout the natural stone. Every stone has a distinctive style and character, even though stone stones that are quarried from a common area will showcase quite a bit of overall similarity, thus creating a beautiful floor.

Travertine is available in a variety of different finishes like matte, polished, tumbled or brushed. You will notice that polished travertine may resemble marble while tumbled or brushed travertine is more antique in its appearance.

Maintenance and Durability

Like all other natural stone floors, travertine is a highly durable material capable of withstanding heavy foot traffic. It is also quite hard and can in fact be compared to marble in terms of MOH (Measurement of Hardness) rating. Another notable aspect of the durability of travertine is its ability to resist extreme fluctuations in temperature. This means that it can easily be installed in exterior settings such as on patios and in the area around the swimming pool. Regular cleaning using a vacuum cleaner or a damp mop is all you need to keep your travertine flooring in good shape.

Unlike several other stones, travertine is simpler to cut and mold into a specific shape. This is one of the reasons it is slowly becoming a favorite among a lot of home builders.

 

Select Versatile and Stylish Ceramic Tiles for your Home

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

If you’re looking to upgrade your living space with trendy affordable flooring, ceramic tiles might be your calling. Modern interior designers claim that these tiles are ideal for families that are looking to highlight or uplift a specific area of their home such as the kitchen or bathroom.

Ceramic tiles are not only stylish but are also easily cleaned and require minimal maintenance. They are equipped to withstand heavy foot traffic and are hence perfect for areas such as the living room or kitchen. Further, you can select from a wide variety of textures and colors in ceramic tiles.

Why choose ceramic tiles

There is no denying the fact that ceramic tiles lend a very attractive finish to the rest of your living space. They are highly recommended for homeowners who have pets or suffer from allergies. The designs in ceramic tiles are elegant and minimalistic, making them the ideal choice for contemporary home décor. You can also find ornamented designs in ceramic tiles for a more classy and luxurious look. Ceramic tiles are highly versatile and durable and are commonly installed in bathrooms and kitchens.

Ceramic tile flooring works well in all kinds of spaces, big and small. The beautiful luster and sheen of ceramic tiles can instantly catch the eye of anyone who enters your home. And the biggest advantage of ceramic tiles is that they are easily washable.

Increase your home value with ceramic tiles

If you’re looking to enhance the value of your home, then an easy and affordable way to do this is through the installation of ceramic tiles. You will be spoilt for choice when confronted with the expansive range of colors, sizes, textures and patterns in ceramic tiles. Ceramic tile flooring is guaranteed to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your home décor.

When you install ceramic tiles in your bathroom and kitchen, you will instantly notice a difference in your regular cleaning routine. Ceramic tiles are highly resistant to stains, water, fading and dents. So you don’t have to worry about spillage and cracking, especially in the kitchen area. These tiles are easy to install and can be utilized for creating unique and beautiful pictures and patterns. These tiles are loved by homeowners who wish to make their bathrooms and/or kitchens more visually appealing.

Are you ready to explore the world of stylish and versatile ceramic tiles?